War

February 10, 2021 at 12:44 pm 39 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 12 February 2021

Alicia Jamtaas
Photo Credit: Alicia Jamtaas

 
It was a beautiful autumn day in the Argonne Forest. It reminded Tommy of home and Sara. He wrote her often but she never wrote back. He wondered if she had forgotten him.

What Tommy didn’t know was her mother had been intercepting his letters. She didn’t approve of their relationship and wanted Sara to marry somebody else.

“Fix bayonets!” the order came. From the muddy trenches, they emerged and attacked the enemy. It was the bloodiest engagement Tommy had ever experienced. He barely survived with wounds on his back.

Recovering from the hospital, Tommy pondered what the future held.

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  • 1. Dora  |  February 10, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    It’s a battle against the odds both at the front and back at home, what with his girl’s mother waging war against him. Hope he makes it back to Sara safe and sound.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 10, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      dora:

      well said. after reading your comment, it dawned on me what the proper title should be and changed it accordingly. thanks for leading me to it. :).

      Reply
  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  February 10, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I hope he gets back and wins Sara back.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 10, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      iain:

      that would be a happy ending indeed.

      Reply
  • 5. neilmacdon  |  February 10, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    When he makes it back home, perhaps he’ll find out what’s been going on

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 10, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      neil:

      hopefully, it won’t be too late to win sara back.

      Reply
  • 7. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 11, 2021 at 3:51 am

    Hopefully, Sara’s mother didn’t get her way and she’s still free, single and waiting.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 11, 2021 at 8:40 am

      keith:

      hope floats.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  February 11, 2021 at 4:43 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    So sad for him. I wonder, too, what his future holds. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 10. plaridel  |  February 11, 2021 at 8:40 am

      rochelle:

      perhaps a sequel will answer the question? we’ll see. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 11. Dale  |  February 11, 2021 at 5:08 am

    It is so sad for both of them. I hate it when parents intervene. Well written story, Plaridel.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  February 11, 2021 at 8:40 am

      dale:

      parents think they know what’s good for their children. not always, though.

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      • 13. Dale  |  February 11, 2021 at 9:01 am

        True. Most often, it’s what’s best for themselves…

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        • 14. plaridel  |  February 12, 2021 at 9:33 am

          dale:

          it reminds me of khalil gibran’s wise advice to parents:

          You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
          For they have their own thoughts.
          You may house their bodies but not their souls,
          For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

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          • 15. Dale  |  February 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

            Oh those are wise words. I so wish more parents would heed them. I really should dust off my copy!

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            • 16. plaridel  |  February 13, 2021 at 8:31 am

              dale:

              it was true in his lifetime as it’s true today.

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              • 17. Dale  |  February 13, 2021 at 8:32 am

                πŸ™‚

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  • 18. Bear  |  February 11, 2021 at 6:54 am

    What a tragic tale, and I’m sure that it was true for far too many in that bloody war… or any war. Sweethearts torn apart… just like families… great story this week.

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    • 19. plaridel  |  February 11, 2021 at 8:39 am

      jellico:

      i’m glad you liked it. thanks for reading as always.

      Reply
  • 20. granonine  |  February 11, 2021 at 7:42 am

    He was stabbed in the back both literally and metaphorically. Recovery could be a long process.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  February 11, 2021 at 8:39 am

      linda:

      it’s very perceptive of you to be able to read between the lines. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 22. Alicia Jamtaas  |  February 11, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Being a student of WWII, the battle at Argonne has always fascinated me because the name ~ Argonne ~ is beautiful but what happened there during that time was so horrific. Tommy experienced both the beauty of love and the meanness of battle and a backstabbing mother.

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    • 23. plaridel  |  February 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

      alicia:

      it’s been beautiful place indeed with a bloody history starting in world war 1 and ending in world war ii.

      Reply
  • 24. Brenda's Thoughts  |  February 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    What sadness the mother is causing him and Sara. Hopefully, he finds out for himself why she hadn’t been writing.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  February 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

      brenda:

      the truth would hurt for sure.

      Reply
  • 26. Tannille  |  February 11, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    This sort of manipulation is frustrating. Just let people be. I hope he picked himself up.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  February 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

      tannille:

      if he truly loves her, he’ll fight for her no matter what the mother says.

      Reply
  • 28. draliman  |  February 11, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Maybe he’ll go back to visit Sara and then the truth will out!

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    • 29. plaridel  |  February 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

      draliman:

      it will hurt for sure but hopefully they can patch things up.

      Reply
  • 30. Sandra  |  February 12, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Hopefully there’ll be a happy ending here. But if there is, it won’t be for the mother.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  February 12, 2021 at 9:31 am

      sandra:

      it’s the best we could wish for him.

      Reply
  • 32. Eugenia Parrish Author  |  February 12, 2021 at 11:07 am

    You caught it well, the dilemma and the loneliness. Great story.

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    • 33. plaridel  |  February 13, 2021 at 8:31 am

      eugenia:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 34. msjadeli  |  February 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    The very thought of what this horrible mother is doing makes me angry. And poor Tommy, out there, fighting to survive combat and thinking his love has forgotten him. 😦 I hope he tries to contact a friend of theirs or someone else to find out the truth. Good story!

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    • 35. plaridel  |  February 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

      msjadeli:

      once he reovers from his injuries, he’ll be going home and find the truth himself.

      Reply
  • 36. James McEwan  |  February 13, 2021 at 1:56 am

    What value is life if no one cares?

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    • 37. plaridel  |  February 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

      james:

      if that’s the case, nothing at all.

      Reply
  • 38. Lizy  |  February 13, 2021 at 7:22 am

    He’s survived that – maybe it’s about time he went round to her house and talked?

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    • 39. plaridel  |  February 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

      lizy:

      i’m sure he’ll do that once he gets back home.

      Reply

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